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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Protect Air Quality in Truckee


Is it time for the Teichert asphalt plant to move out of Truckee?

Sprawl Harms Us All!


Mountain Area Preservation is fighting the approval of the Martis Valley West Project because of its contributions to sprawl and traffic.

Honor Scotty Lapp by Helping to Build a Skateboard Park in Tahoe City

A young My Shot writer advocates for a Tahoe City skateboard park in honor of teenager Scotty Lapp, who died tragically in a skiing accident this winter.

TRPA No Longer Serves the Environment or “Us”

In her April My Shot, Kristina Hill urges locals to pay attention to TRPA Governing Board actions. She maintains that TRPA no longer works for the environment or the individual homeowner, but rather is too focused on big developers and money.

Transparency Questioned on Fanny Bridge Project


Tahoe City resident Jim Sadjak believes falsified information was used to jsutify the SR89/Fanny bridge Revitalization Project.

Clarifying Nevada County’s Plans for Hirschdale

Nevada County’s community development agency director provides context for the reasoning behind jurisdictional decisions taking place around recreation access in the Hirschdale community.

The Sky’s Not Falling


There are many ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and adapt to our changing climate that are desirable in themselves, quite apart from the debate over the causes of the Modern Warm Period.

When You Stop Growing, You Start Dying

A group of North Shore residents argue that changes like the Tahoe Basin Area Plan amendments are required in order to create much-needed redevelopment of aging buildings and revitalize town centers.

Planning and Preparing for Wildfire Emergency Response

In light of the tragic Maui fires, Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo explains the county’s wildfire preparedness, training, and evacuation plans.

A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Response

By Chief Brian Estes It’s been a rough couple of years in Placer County for both residents and emergency responders, with three major fires and two difficult winter seasons now in the history books. As...